Land Access Reform
What is Land Access Reform (LAR)?
This a simplified process for installing fibre where there are multiple interests in a property.
The Telecommunications Act 2001 (Act)
The Telecommunications Act 2001 (Act) is the legislative act that fibre broadband companies like us need to follow. Some changes were made to simplify the process for installing fibre, where there are a few neighbours who share areas such as driveways, cross-lease shared areas or there are multiple occupants in a property such as an apartment building.
The changes were made under the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 and they came into force in 2017. They are known as the Land Access Reforms.
The Land Access Reforms are good news for you. They means that more individuals or businesses can access high speed broadband with a simplified consent process.
The Land Access Reforms created a 3-tiered system of categories to ensure that property owners who share access areas or driveways have their interests protected.
Low impact communal work
Using a notification process without a right of objection. This means that consent is not required from neighbours who share common areas if we follow the timeframes set out in the Telecommunications Act.
Medium impact communal work
Using a notification process with a right of objection. This means that while consent is not required from the neighbours who share the common areas, if they have certain grounds, they can object to the planned work. We handle the objection in accordance with the Telecommunications Act.
High impact communal work
Using a consent process where we require the person who placed the order to collect consents from the neighbours who share the common areas. This is not a procedure set out under the Telecommunications Act.
If you have any concerns with the planned fibre build on your property, and the work has been classed as a Category 2 build, you can lodge an objection to the proposal on limited grounds.